Missouri Botanical Garden Holiday Events

si_mobotanicalgardens_howell_041905.jpgTap Into The Holiday Spirit At The Missouri Botanical Garden: Enjoy Holiday Season Events and Displays


(ST. LOUIS): Celebrate the holiday season at the Missouri Botanical Garden! Join in Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa festivities. Admire the hundreds of poinsettias filling the holiday flower and train show. Enjoy seasonal décor at the Ridgway Visitor Center, Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and Tower Grove House, or warm up inside the 82-degree Climatron® tropical rain forest conservatory.
Experience one of St. Louis’ beloved holiday traditions when the “Gardenland Express” flower and train show chugs to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Eight G-scale trains traverse a mountainous landscape through detailed winter scenes in miniature. An animated gondola lifts tiny passengers to a mountaintop as a dozen mini-skiers soar with ease down a glistening, five-foot-tall slope. Speed and figure skaters whirl in circles and figure eights across the icy reflection of a frozen pond. The “wintery” setting is enhanced by ribbons of potted poinsettias and blooming plants.
“Gardenland Express” is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Wednesday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 (closed Dec. 25). Admission is $3 for ages three and up, in addition to general Garden admission (adults $2-$8; free for children age 12 and under). Garden members are free.
From Nov. 21 through Jan. 4, 2009, unique wreaths, custom-designed by 12 of the area’s floral designers, deck the Garden’s walls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the Ridgway Visitor Center. All wreaths are sold by silent auction bidding, with proceeds benefiting the Missouri Botanical Garden.
At the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, enjoy a 15-foot balsam fir tree featuring creative decorations made from gourds and other natural materials. Holiday trimmings at the Kemper Center can be viewed from Dec. 6 through Jan. 4, 2009.
            See the Tower Grove House, the Victorian country home of Garden founder Henry Shaw, decked for the season with wreaths, garland, floral centerpieces, greenery and a holiday tree. Younger visitors can look for old-fashioned toys hidden throughout the house. From Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, the house is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., closed Mondays.
            Enjoy holiday carols, Santa Claus in his sleigh, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and a gingerbread house display at “Christmas Carols in the Garden,” Dec. 13 and 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ridgway Visitor Center. The sounds and scents of the season will tickle your senses as carolers and choirs perform traditional songs. Santa will also make his yearly descent from the North Pole to listen to children’s Christmas wishes.
            Experience the traditions of “Chanukah: Festival of Lights,” Dec. 21 and the contemporary African-American holiday of “Kwanzaa: Festival of the First Fruits,” Dec. 30. Both events are from noon to 4 p.m. in the Ridgway Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
            Dec. 20 at 11 a.m., meet the Garden’s president and Time magazine’s “Hero for the Planet,” Dr. Peter Raven, when he signs copies of Missouri Botanical Garden: Green for 150 Years. A perfect holiday gift, this new coffee-table book features hundreds of rare archival images along with the best in contemporary garden photography.
            Visit the Garden Gate Shop to purchase all of your holiday gifts this season, including the Missouri Botanical Garden 2009 calendar, celebrating the Garden’s 150th anniversary. The calendars will be on display for purchase through Dec. 31. Proceeds support the Garden.
            General information about the Missouri Botanical Garden is available at www.mobot.org or on a 24-hour recording at (314) 577-9400 or 1-800-642-8842 toll free.

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